If you haven’t been to an event at Fringe World Festival Perth, where have you been? You’re missing out on one of the best annual events in Perth. From comedy to music, from theatre to magic, from cabaret to pretty much anything arty you can think of, you can find it at Fringe World.
As soon I get the program, I scour the line up for any South African acts performing each year, as there are always a handful and sometimes we get some pretty amazing ones (see my posts on the 2017 Fringe line up of South Africans).
Here are some of the South African acts at Fringe World Festival Perth 2019.
Conrad Koch – Puppet Guy
Africa’s top ventriloquist (he’s the only one, but we all need angles), and double International Emmy-nominated comedian, Conrad Koch, brings his critically acclaimed show Puppet Guy to the FRINGE WORLD Festival.
His main puppet character, Chester Missing, is a celebrity in South Africa in his own right. Chester made world news as the first puppet in history to win a court case, no really. Conrad has appeared on the likes of Comedy Central, Comedy Network and at Just For Laughs Montreal. Armed with an MA in social anthropology Conrad is well known, or to be precise, Chester Missing, is well known in South and Southern Africa for political satire and interviewing politicians on TV. He even has his own TV show, Almost News with Chester Missing.
Their live show, Puppet Guy, is a party from start to finish. There’s a slice of political satire and an even bigger slice of sheer puppet lunacy. It’s an hour of outrageous characters and off-the-wall comedy ventriloquism, with an African flavor. Touching on African and international politics, dissecting social issues, and the silliness of a grown man talking himself, it all comes together in an hour of hilarity for anyone 13 and up.
Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in-demand comedy talents. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has won numerous awards, including Entertainer of the Year award, a Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival, The Times Comic’s Pen Award, has been nominated for the Comic’s Choice Comedian of the Year and is a double International EMMY nominated comedian.
Find out more and book tickets for Puppet Guy online here.
Ruven Govender – Brown Panther
Join one of the funniest Indian comedians in Australia for an hour of ethnic-based comedy. Following the success of last years show ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ which SOLD OUT completely in both FRINGE WORLD and all 23 shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland.
South African born Ruven returns to Perth with his brand new show BROWN PANTHER! Ruven Govender has featured at every major comedy festival Australia & NZ has to offer. Ruven has had a number of TV appearances in NZ, Australia & USA and regularly tours the globe doing comedy.
Find out more and book tickets for Brown Panther online here.
Stuart Lightbody – Deceptive Delights
In this fascinating performance of sleight of hand magic, Stuart Lightbody delves into a world of impossible wonders and unexpected adventures. From the winner of the Theatre Award at FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018.
We saw Stuart at the Fringe World Festival in 2017 and his show was amazing! Don’t miss this – it’s great for kids as well, so if you want to take the whole family this is the show for you.
Find out more and book tickets for Deceptive Delights online here.
Gerry Azor – The Music of the Grand Funk Rail Road
Gerry Azor is no stranger to the bright lights of the entertainment world, having had his first professional engagement at the age of five in his native South Africa. His musical roots are steeped in the rhythms of Soul and Rhythm & Blues which is reflected in his soulful and heartfelt performances today.
Gerry Azor presents with his band the music of the Grand Funk Railroad. “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970’s without talking about the Grand Funk Railroad!” If you are looking for some refreshing entertainment that mixes entrancing music with a touch of comedy, look no further than the AYOTALLAH of ROCK and ROLL, GERRY AZOR!
Find out more and book tickets for Gerry Azor online here.
Other Fringe World Festival Acts Not To Miss in 2019
These acts might not be South African but they are definitely worth checking out.
A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite in a supercharged production. Boasting the 2x world champion BMX Flatlander, world champion breakdancers, a cyr wheel world record holder, and a world-class basketball freestyler, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary performance that will leave you dizzy with excitement!
Add a stunning live soundtrack by award-winning musicians, coupled with spectacular video projections, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.
Find out more and book tickets for 360 Allstars online here.
Angelique ‘Reckless’ Ross – Spit
SPIT. A one-woman Circus Revenge.
Brutality balanced by beauty.
An award-winning relentlessly ferocious circus show. Tight wire, trapeze and tomatoes.
Attack hard and spit back.
Find out more and book tickets for Spit online here.
Leo Kearse – Right Wing Comedian
Scottish Comedian of the Year Leo Kearse rips into liberals. He takes a scalpel to male feminists, environmentalists, snowflakes, #MeToo and much more. If you want to escape the liberal bubble of the Fringe and see a raw, hilariously antagonistic show from a man unafraid to speak his mind, this is the show for you.
Find out more and book tickets for Right Wing Comedian online here.
Squirly – Squirldog Millionaire
2016 WA Raw Comedy Final winner Squirly makes his way back to FRINGE WORLD with his hit show Squirldog-Millionaire, fresh from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tracing Squirly’s upbringing in remote rural Australia to currently traveling around the country doing standup, Squirldog-Millionaire is packed with hilarious storytelling and subtle one-liners that has quickly made Squirldog-Millionaire a guaranteed crowd favorite.
Find out more and book tickets for Squirldog Millionaire online here.
And there you’ve got my roundup of the South African acts at the Fringe World Festival in Perth for 2019, plus some others to check out.
Have you been to the Fringe World Festival in Perth before? Let me know what you’re seeing this year so I can check it out too – leave a comment below!
Disclosure: I received tickets to some of these events as well as tickets to giveaway to my readers.